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Those living in our country who are not yet citizens but have goals to become a citizen must take very cautionary measures whenever charged with a criminal offense. The wrong conviction(s) can ultimately deny non-citizens of their dream to become a citizen of our great country. This was explained by Attorney Chase Mallory when a gentleman was referred to him from a prior client happy with our results. The gentleman was in the process of becoming a citizen. Sometimes that process can take a substantial amount of time. While he was working on this, he found himself in an embarrassing situation as he acted out of character. He began conversation with a woman who was holding herself out to be a prostitute, while in reality she was an undercover vice cop. In a split second bad decision, he agreed to pay her for sex.
This poor choice immediately landed him with a solicitation charge, a first degree misdemeanor at a time that was less than ideal. His case was scheduled in Franklin County Municipal Court. Having no criminal history, he reached out to his friend who referred him to Attorney Chase Mallory. We explained his likely options and the consequences of simply pleading guilty. He determined it was necessary to have our firm represent him. Attorney Mallory was able to negotiate a dismissal during arraignment. This will keep his criminal record as clean as it was prior to his momentary lapse in judgment.
A typical Friday night on the Ohio State campus turned into a scary situation for our 19 year old client when she was confronted by police. Like so many college kids do, she was enjoying a party with plenty of alcohol. Her drinking got carried away to the extent she found herself noticeably intoxicated walking home. Unfortunately, she stumbled across police who were very concerned for her safety. She ultimately cooperated with the police and was unfortunately charged with a 1st-degree misdemeanor of underage consumption.
Having the foresight to understand the impact the conviction would have on her future, she researched Columbus criminal attorneys to find an attorney she trusted to handle this important matter to her. Attorney Ben Luftman had an initial consultation with her and explained the nature of the charges against her and the benefits she would see by giving our firm the privilege to help her. Attorney Chase Mallory attended her arraignment in Franklin County Municipal Court and negotiated a dismissal of the charges. After the charges were dismissed, in order to fulfill her goal of keeping her record clean, we then had all of the records associated with the charges sealed.
A young man with a substantial record of drug related offenses and disorderly conduct charges was charged with assault and criminal damaging. The young man found himself in an argument at another gentleman’s home. He initially made the wise decision to leave the residence. However, when realizing there was very valuable property he left in the residence he returned. Given the circumstances, calling the police to help the situation may have been prudent. Ultimately, his emotions got the best of him and he forced his way in the home by kicking the front door in. Once inside there was a quick scuffle where he allegedly punched the homeowner in the face repeatedly.
Despite this, there were enough mitigating circumstances for Ohio criminal attorney Chase Mallory to negotiate a plea to one count of a disorderly conduct and the assault charge was dismissed. In addition, we were able to keep him off reporting probation, something that cannot be taken lightly in Circleville Municipal Court. He was ordered to pay a fine and court costs and have no further offenses for a year.
Through an unfortunate series of events, an elderly gentleman found himself charged with soliciting in Franklin County Municipal Court. Having never been charged with more than a traffic ticket, he was extremely concerned about a number of things. First, the charge is a first degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. Second, having lived a long life with no prior criminal record, he did not want to begin with a soliciting charge.
After speaking with an experienced solicitation attorney Ben Luftman, the Columbus Criminal Defense team was retained to represent him on the charge. Attorney Dan Sabol represented our client at 6 court hearings. Ultimately he was able to negotiate the amendment of the soliciting charge to a lesser offense of disorderly conduct. Our client paid a fine and the case was over. To his great relief, there was no jail time, no probation and he did not have a soliciting conviction on his record. Additionally, the disorderly conduct charge will be sealed in one year and removed from his criminal background.
A young doctor was out one evening and had too much to drink. While driving home, she was pulled over by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper for speeding. After approaching her vehicle, the trooper began speaking with her and he asked if she had been drinking. She said she had. He then asked her to step out of her vehicle and perform the roadside field sobriety tests. She complied. After completing the tests, she was arrested and charged with a first offense OVI / DUI. She was then taken back and asked to submit to a breath test. She complied. The result of her breath test was well above the .170 High Test legal limit.
The trooper then placed her under an administrative license suspension and took away her license. Her OVI / DUI case was then scheduled for arraignment in Franklin County Municipal Court. This young doctor was overwhelmed on many different fronts. She needed to get back and forth to the hospital and had no license. If convicted, she was facing mandatory jail time and mandatory yellow plates on her vehicle. This would not go over well at her hospital. She had worked her whole life to be where she was and her poor judgment on one evening could destroy that.
She furiously researched what was important in hiring an OVI / DUI attorney and spoke to a number of local attorneys about her situation. Attorney Ben Luftman was one of those attorneys. After speaking with attorney Luftman, she placed her faith in and hired the Columbus Criminal Defense team to represent her on the case.
Attorney Luftman and attorney Dan Sabol represented her throughout the case. Initially, attorney Luftman was able to go to court and get a stay of her license suspension. This meant that she was able to regain her full license immediately so that she could get back and forth to the hospital. Thereafter, attorney Sabol thoroughly reviewed all of the police reports and DVD of the traffic stop looking for evidentiary issues that could be leveraged on our client’s behalf.
Ultimately, after 7 court dates, attorney Sabol negotiated a resolution where the OVI / DUI High Test charge was dismissed. The remaining first offense OVI / DUI charge was amended to a lesser Physical Control charge. Physical Control is a non-moving violation, which carries 0 points on a traffic record. Because the OVI / DUI High Test charge was dismissed, our client did not have any mandatory jail time, nor did she have to put the yellow plates on her vehicle. After resolving the case, she was beyond grateful and said it was the best outcome she could have hoped for.
While walking home one evening, a gentleman in his fifties found himself involved in a dispute with a driver. Through a series of circumstances, he found himself in an argument with the driver and words were exchanged. Police were called. After a number of Columbus Police Department Officers were dispatched, this gentleman found himself charged with aggravated menacing. His case was then scheduled in Franklin County Municipal Court.
This recent retiree had worked in government his entire life and had never been charged with anything more than a speeding ticket. Also, he did not believe he had started the altercation. Being charged with a criminal offense, a first-degree misdemeanor, no less, was shocking to him. If convicted, he could be sentenced to serve up to six months in jail.
Wanting to further discuss his options, he contacted the Columbus Criminal Defense team and met with attorney Ben Luftman. He then hired the team to make sure he stayed out of jail and kept the aggravated menacing conviction off his record.
Attorney Dan Sabol represented our client on his case. Keeping in mind the client’s goals and that he did not wish to have a trial on the case, attorney Sabol was able to negotiate the amendment of the charge to a lesser disorderly conduct. The disorderly conduct charge carried no jail time and a fine only. Our client will be eligible to seal or expunge the record of the case and it will then be permanently removed from his record. Ultimately, he was happy to put the unfortunate experience behind him and move on with his life.
A young laborer found himself at a crossroads recently. His home had been raided after the authorities got a search warrant signed by a judge. The result of the raid found the young man charged with illegal marijuana cultivation, a felony of the second degree. If convicted, this young man was facing between two and eight years in prison. He was terrified. His case was then scheduled in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.
With his freedom on the line and having never been charged with a serious criminal offense, he turned to someone he trusted to refer him to an attorney that would fight to keep him out of prison. His friend, who is a local attorney, had one attorney in mind and told him he had to contact attorney Dan Sabol. After meeting with attorney Sabol and attorney Ben Luftman, the young man placed his faith and future in the hands of the Columbus Criminal Defense team.
We went to court on our client’s behalf 8 times. We thoroughly reviewed all of the discovery, including the warrant, complaint, police reports and investigative notes to find evidentiary weaknesses in the case. Ultimately, we negotiated a resolution where our client pled guilty to a lesser offense and a joint recommendation was made with the prosecutor for the judge to sentence our client to probation. The judge accepted the recommendation and our client did not spend a day in jail. To say he was appreciative and relieved would be an understatement.
After a night out with some friends a gentleman in his mid-forties was driving home and was pulled over by a Grove City Police Department Officer due to one of the lights on his vehicle being out. He was asked if he had been drinking and indicated he had. He was asked to step out of his vehicle and perform the roadside field sobriety tests. He complied. After completing the field sobriety tests, he was arrested and charged with first offense OVI / DUI. He was then transported to the Grove City Police Station and asked to take a breath test. He refused. His case was then scheduled for arraignment in Grove City Mayor’s Court.
Having never faced a charge like this and not knowing what to do, the gentleman contacted the Columbus Criminal Defense team for advice. After speaking with attorney Ben Luftman, the team was hired to represent him on the case.
Initially, we were able to get a stay of his administrative license suspension. This allowed him to continue to maintain his job and also drive his mother to and from medical appointments, both were priorities.
Columbus OVI/DUI attorneys Dan Sabol and attorney Chase Mallory represented our client over multiple court dates. Ultimately, they were able to negotiate a resolution where the OVI / DUI charge was amended to a lesser charge of Physical Control, a non- moving violation. Additionally, attorneys Sabol and Mallory were able to negotiate no further license suspension.
A man in his mid-thirties found himself in a very difficult position. An interaction with his ex-wife and her new boyfriend ended in being charged in Franklin County Municipal Court with assault. He was beside himself as he was adamant he had not assaulted anyone. Having never been charged with more than a traffic violation, the prospect of having an assault conviction on his criminal background for the rest of his life was unacceptable. Given how much was on the line, he contacted Columbus assault attorney Ben Luftman and after discussing the facts, hired the Columbus Criminal Defense team to represent him on the case.
Ultimately, this was a case where our client needed to take the witness stand and tell his side of the story to a jury of his peers. Attorney Dan Sabol conducted the two-day jury trial in Franklin County Municipal Court. The jury deliberated for approximately 15 minutes and returned a not guilty verdict in favor of our client.
The result vindicated our client deeply on a personal level and will keep his criminal history clear for future employment purposes. He was extremely grateful for the work the Columbus Criminal Defense team and particularly attorney Sabol did on his behalf and our willingness to take a tough case to trial.
A young banking associate was dealing with a number of personal issues going on in her life. She chose to deal with them in a less than ideal manner and was stopped one recent evening by a Worthington Police Department Officer for a moving violation. She was asked if and admitted to drinking. She was then asked to perform the roadside field sobriety tests. After, she was arrested and charged with first offense OVI / DUI. After she was arrested marijuana and paraphernalia was found and she was additionally charged with marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia. She was transported back to the Worthington Police Station and asked to submit to a breath test. She refused. Her case was then scheduled for arraignment in Worthington Mayor’s Court.
This young professional was extremely scared of the situation she now faced. She had otherwise lived a stellar life and her future employment opportunities were in danger depending on the outcome of the cases. After doing a great deal of internet research on hiring an OVI / DUI attorney, she contacted attorney Ben Luftman and after discussing the matter, hired him to represent her on the cases.
Attorney Luftman went to her arraignment and was able to secure a stay of her administrative license suspension. With the stay, our client was able to get her full license back while her case was pending and continue to drive back and forth to work.
After reviewing all of the police reports and DVD and attending multiple court dates on his client’s behalf, attorney Luftman was able to negotiate the dismissal of both the marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia charges. Additionally, attorney Luftman was able to negotiate the amendment of the OVI / DUI charge to a lesser non-alcohol related charge of reckless operation. This resolution accomplished all of his client’s objectives in both cases and could possibly have a tremendous impact on her future. She left Worthington Mayor’s Court no doubt relieved.